POLICE in Lusaka have finally charged Fresher Siwale with defamation of the president, three days after he was apprehended for calling President Edgar Lungu an identity fraud.
Siwale, the New Labour Party president, was on Tuesday afternoon arrested and detained for questioning President Lungu’s identity.
Siwale was warned and cautioned at 16:40 hours on Friday before he was formally arrested in the presence of his lawyer Mulenga Mutamfwa of Keith Mweemba and Associates.
The opposition leader says the President is Jonathan Mutaware and not Edgar Chagwa Lungu, whom he claims is deceased.
He has gone to the extent of producing a photocopy of a National Registration Card number 216992/67/1 in the names Lungu Edgar Chagwa, which was obtained in 1973.
The NRC has a picture of a full-grown man resembling President Lungu, who was only 17 at the time the document was issued in Kitwe.
Earlier before being charged, Siwale collapsed in police cells at Lilayi Police Training College where they went to hide him after he was kept without food all day and night.